Australia empowers panel to handle virus crisis

World | 25 Mar 2020 12:16 pm

Australia’s prime minister has announced a national coronavirus coordination commission to manage private and public sector cooperation on the health and economic crisis.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison named former iron ore mining executive Neville Power as executive chairman of the commission that will work with all levels of government on issues including maintaining supermarket supply chains and rising unemployment.

Morrison has also announced Australia has stepped up testing for the new coronavirus to one of the highest rates in the world.

Australia’s 162,747 tests to date is a rate 4.7 times higher than Britain and 25 times higher than the United States.-AP

 

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